Intellectual Property Rights in Global Value Chains

Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM EST (UTC–05:00)
Public Event: Panel Discussion
Value chain

The Centre for International Governance Innovation is pleased to collaborate with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for high-level public panel on the topic of intellectual property rights in global value chains.

In a highly globalized economy, businesses are increasingly looking to maximize efficiencies and reduce costs by dispersing production. This results in many countries playing a part in the production of a single good. The emergence of these global value chains (GVCs) has become a defining feature of manufacturing and global trade in the 21st Century.

The panel will start with the release of the WIPO annual report in Canada, titled “Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains”. This will be followed by a panel discussion on how small, medium and large enterprises can effectively manage their intangible assets in GVCs when various stages of production are spread across several countries, and what role intellectual property plays in generating a return on those assets. The panel will feature prominent experts in the field of trade and intellectual property. A reception will follow. 

Event Speakers

Thomas Cottier is a member of the international law advisory committee at CIGI, professor emeritus of European and international economic law at the University of Bern, senior research fellow at the World Trade Institute and adjunct professor in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.